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Markovich finds herself back in 2A doubles finals

Central Cambria senior Corinne Markovich will try and defend her District 6 Class 2A doubles tennis championship on Thursday, but with a different partner.

Markovich won the title last year with Olivia Ratchford but will team with Andie McCullough in the finals this season after the duo won two matches on Tuesday at Mansion Park.

Markovich and McCullough will face Bishop Guilfoyle seniors Erin Talko and Marisa Hooper at noon Thursday at Mansion Park.

Markovich and McCullough beat another BG duo, Lauren Wood and Madison Hooper, in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-1. Talko and Marisa Hooper knocked off last year’s runner-ups, Tyrone’s Victoria Reese and Rachel Stricek, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), in the semifinals after beating Central Cambria’s Ella Persio and Marley Ratchford in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1.

The District 4-6 3A tournament will be held today through the semifinals.

FIRST ROUND: Markovich-McCullough, Central Cambria, bye. Daubert-Ray, Forest Hills, def. Irvin-Walk, Tyrone, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). Mackall-Berish, Westmont Hilltop, def. Gerko-Sivi, Richland, 6-3, 1-6, 10-6. Wood-Mad. Hooper, Bishop Guilfoyle, def. May-Smith, Central, 6-4, 6-2. Persio-Ratchford, Central Cambria, def. Apple-Learn, Richland, 6-2, 6-1. Talko-Mar. Hooper, Bishop Guilfoyle, def. Carosi-Clifford, Forest Hills, 6-1, 6-1. Ritchey-Kennedy, Central, def. Poderbarac-Buettner, Westmont Hilltop, 6-4, 6-2. Reese-Stricek, Tyrone, bye.

QUARTERFINALS: Markovich-McCullough def. Daubert-Ray, 6-3, 6-4. Wood-Mad. Hooper def. Mackall-Berish, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6. Talko-Mar. Hooper def. Persio-Ratchford, 6-4, 6-1. Reese-Stricek def. Ritchey-Kennedy, 6-0, 6-3.

SEMIFINALS: Markovich-McCullough def. Wood-Mad. Hooper, 6-0, 6-1. Talko-Mar. Hooper def. Reese-Stricek, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

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